10 years ago Windows XP was released to the market, it RTM’d end of August 2001.
10 years ago when you googled Windows XP, my site WindowsXP.nu was the number spot, above Microsoft’s own site. How could that happen? Well I started writing about Windows XP well before it came out. I registered the domain name the day that Microsoft announced it for their new OS codenamed Whistler. Back then I was one of the few regularly writing about it, besides Paul Thurrot and the guys at Neowin.net.
As you may know WindowsXP.nu became so popular that Microsoft noticed it and claimed the domain name because of trademark infringement. When I posted this on WindowsXP.nu it became worldnews, in the tech world at least. A fan even setup a petition which was signed by 9214 people.
Anyway 2 weeks later I transferred the domain to Microsoft, no I did not get 1 million dollars, in fact I paid 10 dollars domain transfer fee. Legally it was the right thing to do, I would not survive in court. 10 years later Microsoft let the domain name expire and now some Swedish company owns it.
You can still access the content of WindowsXP.nu here: http://old.bink.nu/ beware it’s a messy layout and lot of pics are missing, but sure it’s fun to see all that old “news”
Anyway Windows XP was pretty popular: from September 2003 to July 2011, Windows XP was the most widely used operating system for accessing the internet. As of September 2011, Windows XP market share is at 36.2% after having peaked at 76.1% in January 2007.
Happy Birthday XP